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post #11 of 18

Killing the turtle is not going to do a bit of good. Your pond is good habitat for a snapping turtle, so when that big one leaves, it will just make it easier for a new one to move in. Besides the fact that just is senseless and unfair.

 

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 I truly love animals, both male and female, large and small, regardless of how important humans may shallowly deem them.
I will always miss my Dovey Love.
 
 
 
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post #12 of 18

Not quite fair to just let the ducks be killed by the snapper either.  An alternative would be to relocate the snapping turtle and then put up a small fence that can deter other turtles from moving in but either way the turtle can't stay if the ducks are to be safe.

post #13 of 18

It's not senseless at all, if I were in that situation I'd do whatever it took to protect my ducks. If you leave that snapper in there, he WILL kill them, I can almost guarantee it! Someone made the suggestion of calling Fish & Wildlife, there's a chance they'll relocate the big galoot so he won't have to be killed. But if they won't, well, it's his pond, his property. As long as he kills the turtle as quickly and painlessly as possible then I don't fault the OP whatsoever.

 

Besides, someone stated that snapper can taste delicious if you put in the effort of processing them. Nothing wasted, nothing lost! :)


Edited by Amykins - 4/16/15 at 1:53pm
post #14 of 18

The problem with relocation around here is that you have to have permission from a pond's owner to relocate. No-one wants a monster snapper on their property!  Pets are also at risk Folks around are mostly small farmers and have no compunction in doing away with "varmints". 

 

They are supposed to be very good eating if you keep them in a fresh water bath/tank for a while, and I WOULD rather see a turtle go to feed a family than simply be shot and left to rot. I have a contact for the local "turtle man" who is happy to come and catch it if we don't have luck with the trap. 

 

In the meantime, duckies have been confined to their protected run.. about 1000 sq ft adjoining their 300 square foot pen with pond.. with me heaving in armfuls of fresh weeds from tackling the raspberry and tsrawberry beds so life isn't TOO hard for them right now :) 

post #15 of 18

I've relocated snappers into creeks before. They aren't privately owned and generally they have a better chance of not getting hit by a car because they can search out new territory. So that's an option if you want to relocate the snapper.  Fish and Wildlife will rarely relocate a common snapper because they aren't really protected. Now an Alligator snapper is another thing. They generally will come and get those.  You also can't catch it and sell it online because that's against the law as well so sometimes you have to make the hard choice and kill a snapper. It's not the best solution and I'm generally a live and let live but when it comes to a predator that you can't keep from killing your animals then sometimes the solution means one has to go.

post #16 of 18

Almost every year I lost a duck to a snapping turtle.THEY ALMOST ALWAYS GO FOR EM

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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post #17 of 18
If the snapper doesn't kill them, at the very least they lose their feet.
post #18 of 18
they may not eevn lose their feet.My ducks have been attacked several times and still remain both feet and some do not even have scars or nothing wrong with it.

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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